3 Ways To Perform The Floating Card Magic Trick

The ultimate magic trick, right? Who doesn’t want to learn how to make playing cards, business cards or even your coworkers’ bank cards hover in midair right before their eyes? Learning how to make a card float is everyone’s dream, and today I’m going to show you how to make it a reality!

In today’s post, I’ll be giving you all the information you need to know in order to perform the floating card magic trick. 

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • What is the floating card magic trick?
  • Variations and Methods.
  • An amazing bonus method that will blow your mind. 
  • Tips and tricks to help make it more realistic!

What is the floating card magic trick?

Floating card magic

The title pretty much sums this trick up.

The magician spins a  playing card, and it mysteriously floats in mid-air underneath the magician’s hand. And as if by magic, it slowly rises up—levitates—to your hand so you can catch it. 

This trick is a quick one that really grabs the attention of spectators. Kids will particularly like it. It’s easy to learn and perform as there are no complicated moves or sleight of hand, but it will take some practice.

Floating Card Magic Variations and Methods

Floating card magic

Floating Card Magic Method 1: A Hummer Card

You may find this special card at a magic shop or some other store. It requires a playing card, along with a string. The black string comes in thick threads.

As you begin to play around with this trick you begin to realize how much potential it really has.


  • An Amazing Effect
  • Looks Impossible
  • Perform It Surrounded


The thing you have to keep in mind with this trick is that it takes a lot of patience and fiddling around. I won’t give the method away, but suffice it to say that there are some serious drawbacks to this trick.

It can take an absolute age to get set up and the ‘equipment’ you are using is very easy to drop, lose, or break.

You have to carefully pull out a strand of string about arm’s length. One end of the string is taped or stuck to the back of your (dominant side) ear, and the other end is taped or stuck with putty to the top face of the card.

With the card in your hands, all you must do is spin it in order to make it look like a flying saucer card. From there, you can lift the string with the inside of your thumb to move it around making it look like you are levitating the card. It is ideal to wear a dark shirt (preferably black) to better hide the string from the audience.

Floating Card Magic Method 2: Magic Loops

Loops are an invisible magic thread that can animate float and move borrowed objects.

There’s no denying that the trick is super impressive visually and can fool a lot of people, and for only around £10 you don’t have much to lose if it doesn’t work out for you.

It’s also incredibly easy to use!

All you have to do is wrap the thread around your wrist. Then you can bring it out when you need it with an easy twist of the wrist.

Nobody will notice, and then you can just wrap the string around the cards and make them fly into the air and levitate. The key part about this trick is to make your audience buy it. So you have to be pretty good at acting.

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Floating Card Magic Trick Variations

  • Float the card up.
  • Levitate and spin a card.
  • Learn how to float a card from side to side.
  • Float and spin a card. 

Floating Card Magic Bonus! Tarantula 2. 

No, not the massive freaky spider, the magic trick. Tarantula 2 is a product by Yigal Mesika that enables you to make any small object float. It works, in theory, the same way as Hummer’s Card, as a thread-based product, but it uses a completely silent electric motor reel for the thread that does all the work for you.

I’m going to be upfront with you here. This method isn’t cheap. But if you’re wanting to make ANY object hover in midair then this is THE way to do it. Imagine you’re at a bar, and a ten-pound note suddenly slides towards you as if moved by an invisible hand, all the way from the ground up into the air and into your hand. Imagine what a scene that would be.

Or you’re at a wedding and you make a ring float from the palm of your hand all the way up to your finger and slowly along with it.

Or you’re applying for a job and instead of just leaving your business card on the desk, you first float it through the air and around you before lowering it to the desk. How about that for an impression?

When the original product, Tarantula, was released, it was called ‘the most incredible levitation device of all time‘, and after seven years of being further developed, Tarantula 2 is a vast improvement on it.

The motor is practically invisible and can be activated hands-free. You can use this device surrounded by spectators without raising suspicion, and it is actually fairly simple to master.

Here is the official video trailer for this product. Just watch the look on people’s faces; you can’t tell me you don’t want that!

Now, are there any downsides to this product?

I would say that the only major issue for some would be the price. 

If you are more comfortable with spending cheaply for a lesser product,

I would say to use Method No.2, the Hummer’s Card, as a way to familiarize yourself with making things float, but for the magicians who are serious about learning how to make a card float, Tarantula is the ONLY option that allows you to perform these miracles at such a low price.

Yes, I said £60 was a low price for what you’re getting, and I meant it. The alternatives to Tarantula are all way over £100- Tarantula is more than half the price of its closest competitor.

Tips and Tricks: 

Some magicians use a bit of magician’s wax that way they can scrape the magician’s wax off with the thread and then hand it the card out for examination. 

Some magicians spin the card with a thread and they twirl them around like a lasso, which is a bit unrealistic and a tad overdone, but that might be my personal preference.

Don’t allow spectators to stand too close as they’ll see the thread (Hummer card), and it helps to perform this in front of a dark background, so the thread tends to blend in with the background.

When making the card rise, try to move your hand slowly. Some practice and experimentation will make this clear so you can make the card rise at a nice pace.


With all magic, you’ll need to spend a while practicing before you’re ready to show off your new skills. Practice going over what you are going to say, how you are going to present the trick, and getting your movements right.

Realistically it shouldn’t take long before you’re ready to blow everyone’s mind by making everyday household objects float!

Thank you for reading how to perform the floating card trick. Hope you enjoyed it. 

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